Brothers arrested for Tuesday murder


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

One of two brothers charged in a Tuesday homicide was shot in the head last month, while another was shot in the foot by the victim, police said.

Bralin Allen, 25, and his brother, Breandre Allen, 26, were arraigned on aggravated murder charges Wednesday in municipal court in the Tuesday-morning shooting death of Maurise Kerns, 24, at a vacant home at 573 Idora Ave. Both brothers were arrested Tuesday, and their bonds were set at $1 million apiece.

Bralin Allen was shot in the head March 21 on Glenwood Avenue, and police said that may have been a motive for Kerns’ murder, because Kerns was believed to have been involved in that shooting, said Lt. Douglas Bobovnyik of the detective bureau.

Additionally, Breandre Allen was shot in the foot in an exchange of gunfire with Kerns on Tuesday, Bobovnyik said. Breandre Allen then drove himself to a hospital in Akron and told authorities there that he had been wounded during an attempted robbery in Akron, Bobovnyik siad.

As police investigated Kerns’ death, they determined that Breandre Allen was a suspect and that he was in Akron, so they asked Akron police to keep an eye on him, Bobovnyik said.

Bralin Allen was shot just before midnight March 21 in the 2300 block of Glenwood Avenue by someone who was in a car, reports said. Police found four .40-caliber shell casings and a bullet fragment on Sherwood Avenue and another bullet fragment on Glenwood Avenue. Allen at the time told police he did not know who shot him, reports said.

Officers responded to the area of Idora and Utilis avenues about 3 a.m. Tuesday for a gunshot-sensor activation, and when they arrived, they found Kerns’ body on the porch. Nearby was a revolver and a cellphone, and police recovered five spent .380-caliber shell casings in the driveway and yard, reports said.

Assistant Prosecutor Dana Lantz said in court that Kerns was lured to the vacant house for the purpose of killing him.

When police went to arrest Bralin Allen on a murder charge about 8 p.m. Tuesday at a Glenwood Avenue home, reports said an SUV pulled out of the drive, and officers followed it to Ridge and Glenwood avenues, where they pulled it over. A passenger in the SUV, Byron Thomas, was taken out of the vehicle and underneath his seat, officers found a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, reports said.

Thomas was arrested and taken to the Mahoning County jail on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bralin Allen was the driver of the SUV and he was taken into custody there on the murder warrant, reports said. He is in the jail on $50,000 bond.

Records from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court show that Bralin Allen is on two years’ probation for a trafficking-in-drugs charge he pleaded guilty to in June. He received the sentence in August.

Breandre Allen was charged with possession of drugs, a misdemeanor, in Mahoning County Area Court in Boardman last May and went on trial in November and was found guilty. He was fined $150 plus court costs, according to court records.

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